From the first sexual intercourse or age 30 years, you should see a gynecologist for the first time.

Women tend to postpone the visit to the gynecologist because of embarrassment or fear, however, when a woman starts having sex, it’s time to see a specialist. If you have not had sex, you should make the first visit after 25 years. According to one study by the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) And Ausonia, which are studied “Health Habits and Women’s Intimate Hygiene”28% of women between 20 and 29 years do not go to the gynecologist for shame or fear.

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Most women wonder what is done in the first visit to the gynecologist. There may be some differences between health, however, the most common is to be carried out three studies: vaginal cytology, vaginal ultrasound and touch and breast examination.

What is a Pap smear

The cytology is a test that is done to prevent cervical cancer and related diseases such as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The cytology is recommended for all women from the third year of starting to have sex, whether you’re vaccinated or not. Simply enter a “stick” in the vagina to take a sample of cervical cells.

To perform the test properly, and watch the walls of the uterus, it is necessary to introduce a speculum into the vagina. The feeling is a little weird or uncomfortable the first few times but, if she loosens the muscles, you’ll hardly notice anything. As it explains the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, in addition to the Pap smear, there is a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer and is recommended for some patients, depending on factors such as age and sex there, among others. The patient can ask your doctor or gynecologist to get accurate information.

Exploration of the uterus, transvaginal ultrasound

This exploration is often done with one hand feeling inside and the other by pressing gently on the abdomen. It is a test that does not notice the woman next to nothing. Currently, there is also the uterus by ultrasound (usually vaginal), which introduces an elongated device (probe) with which it is possible to see the uterus on a screen. In this way, you can see if, in general, is normal in size, shape and activity.

The breast examination: detecting abnormalities or breast tumor possib

Breast examination is usually done by feeling with hands and observing their appearance. Doctors advise the self-exploration That is, regular chest felt the same after menstruation to know itself and detect anomalies. For women over 40 years (or earlier if family history of breast cancer), it also makes a mammography. This is a radiological study in which breast tissue is studied. This test is a bit uncomfortable with the pressure exerted on the chest. Sometimes test results require further study, the patient should not panic, do not have to mean a significant alteration.

Is it better to a gynecologist?

The most important thing is that the patient feel comfortable, so that she will decide whether he prefers to be explored by a man or a woman. However, it should be noted that any of them is a professional. In either case, the test may cause some discomfort at the moment but no pain. Neither fear nor shame are reasons to avoid a visit to the gynecologist.